Gratefulness Leads to Wholeness!

Many times we fail to make the connection that daily irritations and stresses of life are a test from God. Our natural response to when the Lord has other plans, is to complain, or get angry.

For the Christian there is grace hidden even in the little disappointments and struggles. This grace is found in finding God in the daily details of life. For example, God tells us,

There are no coincidences for the Christian. Our steps have been ordained by God. We have to learn to deal everything in life with the awareness that we are not alone, God is with us.

We have a choice to treat these annoyances in daily life as a test from God, to see if we are truly aware of His Presence, or ignore that fact that God is with us, and give in to irritations, anger and frustration like people without God. It’s an everyday test.

Everything in life can be a test to see whether or not we are truly operating in the awareness of His Presence, which, when passed, produces faith, trust and obedience. Turning this awareness on and off when things don’t go our way, will lead to negative emotions or doubt in His faithfulness that He is able to care for us no matter what trial we face.

One of the ways we keep aware of Him is by giving Him thanks in everything. This will require a high level of trust in the goodness of God

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Eph. 5:20

Sometimes this may be a sacrifice, especially when we don’t know why certain trials have come upon us. Job did not know why he was going through his trials, and God chose not to explain anything to him. All God wanted from Job was for him to trust God.

When we intentionally choose to give thanks in everything – God brings new creative possibilities into our life or situation. Only then are all things possible to him who believes!

When we complain and murmur, we are living as if God has left us. Not only does that reveal our immaturity, it is an insult to the One who tells us to live by faith and give Him thanks in everything.

Take the Thanks Dare.

Starting right now for the next 24 hours be intentional about giving God thanks for everything that happens to you. Don’t speak out any negative words, complaints, but instead give God thanks.

After just 24 hours you will notice several things:

  • You’re not as emotionally drained as you would have been because you did not let irritations or problems get to you.
  • You will be more light hearted and trusting in God.
  • You will paralyze the devil’s tactics to get you in a bad mood.
  • Other people will notice the difference and God will be glorified in your life.

There’s one more major thing that is really the reason why God commands us to practice thanksgiving to Him in all things.

To see this, you will need to get your Bible out and

 Read Luke 17:11-19.

I could tell you, but it would be better if you read it for yourself.

Here’s a clue:

 “Do you want to be healed or do you want to be whole?”

There were ten lepers healed but only one was healed and made whole.

Being healed stopped the disease of leprosy. Leprosy is a horrible flesh eating disease which eats away fingers and toes and other parts of the body. This means these lepers would have had missing body parts.

While all ten were healed, only one was made whole. The meaning of whole is, anything missing is restored. What made the difference between all ten lepers being healed and yet only one being made whole?

One thing. He was the only one who came back and gave Jesus thanks for his healing. Notice it was only after giving thanks that Jesus made him whole, meaning He restored missing fingers, toes or other body parts.

Unlike the others he received wholeness in his body, and his soul.

Somehow giving heartfelt thanks to God restores what the enemy steals from us.

Ask yourself, would you rather be healed or made whole?

Obviously being made whole is better. Giving God thanks in everything is one of the sure ways you can find His hidden grace in your life.

Try it. Start today on the path to wholeness and see what a difference giving God thanks will make in your life.

I would like to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

Author: garywashburn@gracetab.org

I am a lover and follower of Jesus Christ for 40 years this year. I am married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years since 9-11-76. We have two grown children, and 7 of the most wonderful grandchildren in the world! I am a pastor (Shepherd) to the world and to a great flock called Grace Tabernacle in Wildwood, Florida. I have been a full time preacher and teacher of the Word of God for 31 years. I love to encourage people to follow Jesus. I am a writer who is learning to write better by writing. I authored one book “Crossing Forbidden Boundaries – the Grace Tabernacle story”. It is available at our church free for first time visitors or for sale on amazon. I have many books on the inside of me waiting to be published. The Lord is calling me into a new season to write and share the reflections the Lord is sharing with me.

One thought on “Gratefulness Leads to Wholeness!”

  1. Thanks for a lesson at a time our great county, The USA needs to understand we are one nation, Under God! We forget that too often.

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